Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
260 W. Vine Street, Suite # 300
Lexington, KY 40517
United States
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533825700
About the Office: 

The USAO for the Eastern District of KY has a staff of approximately 48 attorneys and 38 support personnel. The main office is located in Lexington, with staffed branch offices in Ft. Mitchell and London, Kentucky. Unstaffed offices are located in Ashland, Frankfort, and Pikeville, Kentucky. The United States Attorney's Office seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and the representation of the United States.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The position is located in the Lexington, Kentucky main office. Employment with the United States Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated attorney to work on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today.

The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will be assigned to the Litigation Support Unit, which serves the Criminal, Civil, and Fraud Divisions of the Office. The AUSA will have a primary emphasis in providing and managing eLitigation support services for all the litigating divisions. This includes supervising litigation support specialists, supervising and coordinating the processing of discovery in criminal and civil cases, development of eLitigation and discovery processes and procedures, providing technical and IT advice and support to litigation teams, and representing the United States in various criminal and civil litigation.

In addition to responsibilities in the Litigation Support Unit, the selected candidate would also have an appropriate load of casework, in the Criminal, Civil, or Fraud Divisions, or Appellate Division. The case load may include affirmative civil enforcement litigation, such as the prosecution of civil actions to recover damages for healthcare and procurement fraud and other offenses against the United States and its agencies, and imposing civil penalties for violations of the nation's health, safety and economic welfare laws under the False Claims Act; criminal fraud prosecutions, such as healthcare fraud cases, government contractor fraud, fraudulent claims by individuals for certain federal benefits, bank and wire fraud, and other fraud related offenses; general criminal prosecution, such as drug trafficking, firearms, child exploitation, and other offenses; and civil defensive litigation, such as employment litigation (e.g., Title VII, ADEA, Rehabilitation Act, ADA), Federal Tort Claims Act litigation (e.g., premises liability, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice), statutory and constitutional challenges to government programs and regulations, Administrative Procedure Act challenges to agency decisions, constitutional challenges to federal statutes, constitutional tort litigation, challenges to land management decisions; or handling matters appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Qualifications: 

Conditions Of Employment

• You must be a United States Citizen or National.

• Background Investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.

• You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

• J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.

• Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Conditions Of Employment

• You must be a United States Citizen or National.

• Background Investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.

• You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

• J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.

• Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Conditions Of Employment

• You must be a United States Citizen or National.

• Background Investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.

• You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

• J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.

• Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Successful candidates should possess experience in eLitigation, IT support services, and automated litigation support practices and software. While not required, significant experience with complex civil or criminal litigation is preferred. Successful candidates should also have a strong academic background, the demonstrated ability to produce high quality work, possess superior oral and written communication skills, possess strong character and interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. Successful candidates must also possess the knowledge and ability to use computers and computer applications in performing day-to-day work requirements, including the knowledge and ability to effectively use automated litigation support to acquire, organize, analyze and present evidence, create databases and manage documents.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

 

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $ 62,236 to $ 162,786 which includes 15.67% locality pay.
Travel: 
Occasional travel will be required to attend court proceedings and meetings. Occasional overnight travel to other domestic destinations for training and other purposes.
Application Process: 

All applications must be submitted through USAJobs by the closing date, May 22, 2019.  The vacancy announcement can be located at USAJobs URL https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533825700

The contact for this vacancy is Lois Elam who can be reached at Lois.Elam@usdoj.gov or 859-685-4929.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated May 15, 2019

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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